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Smart Packing: Things You Really Need While Travelling

Submitted by on 26/01/2012 – 9:20 amOne Comment

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When going on holiday or backpacking, it is a good idea to think carefully when packing. How many of us fill a suitcase with a variety of items that we do not need and never use while we are away? There are ways that this can be avoided.

One of the first things to do is plan.

Make a list of all the items that might be needed and then consider it carefully. That dress might be a great outfit for a night out but will it only be worn on one occasion? Can another outfit double up for evenings? If the answer to both of these is yes then the dress should be left at home. Many people like to read while on holiday, especially by the pool or on the beach. How many books is it practical to take along? Not only can they be bulky items but also they are heavy in the suitcase. Investing in an e-reader, such as a Kindle, can be the answer to this. E-readers have up to a month of battery life, depending upon the model bought, and can store thousands of books in their memory. This is a lightweight alternative and making use of voucher codes to save money on the purchase in the first place will leave extra spending money while away.

Shopping should be done carefully too.

How often do we pick something up in a shop because it might come in useful while we are away? How often does that item never make it out of the suitcase? This is not only a waste of money but it can also leave us with a whole pile of things that are officially useless. If there is something that really might come in useful, but only on holiday, try borrowing it from a friend. That way money has not been paid out for it and it can be given back afterwards. In addition most hotels provide essentials such as hairdryers and toiletries, so there is often no need to take these along. Those who are staying in budget accommodation might need them but luxury hotels are famous for providing all kinds of extras, including bathrobes and slippers.

It helps to have the right bag to pack things into.

Have a look online to see what the options are. Backpackers need to choose a rucksack with plenty of compartments, but also one that does not add a lot of weight. Suitcases come in a variety of sizes, colours and designs now, so finding something to suit should be an easy task. Cost can also be kept low with the use of voucher codes. There are voucher codes for many retailers on a variety of items, so saving money on all aspects of holiday planning can mean a lot more spending money. It is important not to forget that a bag for hand luggage is also needed.

Plenty of people go on holiday and bring back souvenirs. Remember that some retailers will be happy to post items home and it is a good idea to take advantage of this where possible; this will save the weight in the suitcase from adding up to a charge for excess baggage.

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  • MsCathy says:

    Great travel tips! Yes, when looking at a clothing item, I ask myself how many functions will this item give me..such as a scarf that could possibly fold out into a light blanket or something like that. I also check out the fabric material and see which ones dry quicker especially for those utilizing sinks to wash clothes – - i always tend to avoid cotton items.

    :)

    Cathy Trails

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